Romulus divided the whole Roman people into three tribes; over each of which he appointed a tribune. Each tribe he subdivided into ten centuries, with centurions at their heads. And, each century he subdivided further into ten decuries, over each of which a decurio commanded.
In the interregnum after the death of Romulus the Roman senate, comprised at that time of 100 men, arranged itself into ten decuries, and each decurio governed Rome for five days as interrex. The decurios continued to rotate the government amongst themselves for a year until the election and accession of Numa Pompilius.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). "article name needed". Cyclopædia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (first ed.). James and John Knapton, et al.
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